The vastness, power, and beauty of the natural world is a mind-boggling force to be reckoned with and wonder to behold. Always there, just under or beyond our comprehension, the universe and its planetary manifestation keep us honest, even when we don’t mean to be. Who hasn’t stopped in their tracks to marvel at a seed sprouting, a bird nesting, or a moon rising?
The Lowest Pair — comprised of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee — certainly have. Though Winter recently spent several months working at a research station in Antarctica, nature has long figured into her songwriting. This track, “Shot Down the Sky,” was one she wrote some years back as a folk song, but ended up doing it with her pop-punk project for a while before circling back around to it for the Lowest Pair’s new album, The Perfect Plan. Between the plucky banjo, plunky bass, sorrowful steel, and shuffling drums, the tune feels as organic as the ideas it conveys.
“It’s about the sky falling. The idea of wanting — or what you think you want in a moment — going for it, and then exploring the fascinating aftermath,” Winter explains, adding. “And it’s about letting go of expectations, acceptance. But really the imagery of being on the ground with the moon and stars all around is what drove my lyrics. The literal idea of the sky falling, but like out of a kid’s picture where the land ends an inch up from the bottom of the page and the sky is just that top trim of the paper. And all the little balls and suns come tumbling down.”
The Perfect Plan is out on April 24th via Delicata Records and available for pre-order/pre-save now – HERE.
Upcoming tour dates (subject to change)
April 26 — Shut In & Sing — Live Stream @ 2:30pm EDT
May 29-30 — Steamboat Stringband Jamboree — Olympia, WA
June 3 — SPACE — Evanston, IL
June 4 — Turf Club — Minneapolis, MN
June 5 — The Winnebago — Madison, WI
June 6 — Bonfire Music and Arts Festival — Hillsboro, WI
June 7 — Sacred Heart Center — Duluth, MN